Homeowners all around the world love hardwood flooring. It provides a strong, durable and lasting flooring option that can look beautiful. Hardwoods present a classic beauty that transcends the ages, but that must be properly maintained to protect its integrity and ensure optimum health.
Prevention and Maintenance over Restoration
If hardwoods are properly sealed and finished to begin with, then only routine maintenance is required, such as occasional sweeping, vacuuming, and polishing. Over a long period of time, the finish tends to wear away, and the wood becomes more prone to scratching or staining. If this is the case with your hardwood, then it is time to restore it to its original natural beauty.
Saving your Damaged Hardwood Floor
To refinish hardwood, you need to first sand the wood down to a fresh grain. This will remove any existing stain or sealant, while erasing any unwanted scratches or scuffs. This can be accomplished by using a heavy-duty belt sander. Be sure you have enough wood left before sanding too much, as you don't want to make the flooring too thin.
Once you have a clean surface, apply the new stain or sealant with brush, roller, or sprayer. Apply as many coats as necessary to achieve even coverage. It is wise to apply a clear primer before staining as well. Apply several layers of clear varnish over the stain to seal the surface and to provide extra protection.
Refinishing hardwood is a tedious project, but very rewarding when finished. Unlike other flooring surfaces that must be replaced, hardwoods can essentially be reclaimed. Request free estimates from prescreened flooring contractors in your area to spring fresh life into your flooring.
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